Making Sense of Aggression - Four-week course

Dr. Neufeld has over 40 years of experience with aggression, from toddlers to teens, from the banal to the most violent. This course aims to make sense of one of the oldest and most perplexing of human problems, exposing its deep roots and revealing why conventional approaches to the problem are ineffective. This problem is escalating among children and youth, apparent in their language, video games, music, play, and interactions with both peers and adults. This attacking energy also fuels an alarming increase in suicide and suicidal ideation.

Dr. Neufeld explains what is happening around us, and provides insight into the children and adults with these problems. His approach is refreshingly sensible, historically accountable, and congruent with today’s science of the brain. His model has clear implications for parenting in the home, and for professionals in a range of settings.

Topics include:

  • recognizing aggression in its many forms
  • providing a working model of aggression 
  • 'reading' aggression effectively
  • differentiating between incident management and developmental progress
  • outlining basic steps towards addressing any aggression problem
  • outlining six pivotal points of intervention in the aggression problem
  • explaining why the conventional methods of behaviour management don`t work with aggression
  • equipping participants to handle personal attacks
  • helping the immature grow out of their aggression problem

Counterwill - How to Handle Children's Resistance  - single session

The counterwill impulse is an instinctive reaction that gives rise to resistance and oppositionality, It is especially common in young children and teens, and can be highly disruptive and troublesome, even when, in certain circumstances, it can be a sign of healthy development.

This basic human reaction is typically misunderstood, commonly misdiagnosed, and frequently leads to difficulties with teachers and parents. We can begin to reduce its impact once we understand it.

This session is part of The Vital Connection, Part I of
Dr. Neufeld’s flagship course, Power to Parent

Topics covered are:

  • the many faces of counterwill
  • the purpose of counterwill
  • how to counterwill-proof a relationship
  • defusing  and reducing counterwill


Cultivating Resilience - single session

Resilience is essential for navigating through life, yet its development can’t be taken for granted. Resilience is the ability to endure stressful or wounding experiences, as well as the ability to bounce back from adversity.  Where does resilience come from and how can parents cultivate it in their child? 

This session is part of Common Challenges, Part III of Dr. Neufeld’s flagship course, Power to Parent

Topics covered are:

  • What is resilience and where does it come from?
  • Why is cultivating resilience so challenging?
  • Why do children need to become resilient?
  • Why and how to help children find their tears


Living with a Sensitive Child - single session

Approximately one in five children is affected and stirred up by their environment to a greater extent than most of their peers. According to Thomas Boyce at the University of California, these children are neurobiologically distinct and possess an enhanced receptivity to their environment.  They may complain of itchy tags in their clothes, loud sounds, bright lights, strong smells or tastes.  In short, their environment overwhelms them.  They are more likely to suffer from allergies.  Adults might see them as overly dramatic or reactive but they are only being true to their inner experience.

This session helps parents and teachers understand and support the sensitive child.  It is part of Common Challenges, Part III of Dr. Neufeld’s flagship course, Power to Parent.  Topics covered are:

  • What is meant by sensitivity
  • Why are some children more sensitive than others
  • Why are very sensitive children more challenging
  • Six ways parents and teachers can meet the challenge of raising a very sensitive child 


Disciplining the Stuck Child - single session

A stuck child is more likely to have behaviour problems and is less likely to benefit from normal discipline approaches.  In fact, typical discipline strategies often make the problems worse.  

Discipline problems often stem from the child's maturation processes getting stuck, but problems can also arise when a child's maturation is slower due to sensitivity or other factors.   

In this session, discover how to take the lack of maturity into account, and compensate for the child's deficits while supporting development.   

This session is part of Common Challenges, Part III of Dr. Neufeld’s flagship course, Power to Parent.  Topics covered are:

  • Why is imposing order on a stuck child so challenging?
  • Methods of discipline that do not work with stuck kids
  • Eight ways to compensate for the deficits and dysfunction of stuck kids


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